Dr Frank Wilson

Head of English, Linguistics and Creative Writing

Frank Wilson
Email address: F.P.Wilson@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 323478 Location: Millennium City Building Faculty: Arts School/Institute: Humanities Areas of expertise: Late 17th- and 18th-Century Literature


Dr. Frank Wilson was lured away from the New York Yankees, real bagels and that city’s other delights by the bright lights of Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. He is Course Leader for the BA English, and teaches undergraduate modules in all major periods of English literature from Shakespeare to the Victorian novel, but his research interests lie within the late-seventeenth and early-eighteenth centuries. His most recent publication is an article on Daniel Defoe’s travel satire The Consolidator in Comparative Critical Studies, and he is currently working on a study of Defoe’s satiric poetry. Postgraduate teaching includes a study in eighteenth-century satire, and Frank welcomes research proposals on Milton, Defoe, and various aspects of seventeenth and eighteenth-century literature.

Research interests

Defoe; 18th-Century literature – particularly satire; 17th-Century poetry; Milton; literature related to English Civil War.

Membership of professional bodies

The Defoe Society
The British Society for 18th-Century Studies
The American Society for 18th-Century Studies
Phi Beta Kappa Society of North America


PhD in English Literature - University of York


Most recent:
Literary Research:
‘The Dark Side of Utopia: Misanthropy and the Chinese Prelude in Defoe’s Lunar Journey’, Comparative Critical Studies 5.2 (2008): 193-208. ISSN 1744-1854.

‘“Such Things in His Words”: The Poetry in Bacon’s New Science’, Language and Literature 13. 1 (2004): 195-215.

Pedagogic Research:
Edited Book:
Designing, Moderating, and Assessing Online Discussion Activities for English Studies: A User’s Guide to Virtual Learning Environments (co-edited with Dr. Benjamin Colbert and Dr. Rosie Miles). London: English Subject Centre. 2010.

'Designing and Assessing Online Learning in English Literary Studies' (co-authored with Dr. Benjamin Colbert and Dr. Rosie Miles), Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 6.1 (February 2006), 74-89. ISSN 1474-0222 (print) / ISSN 1741-265X (online).